Renovating our 1930s house with a bit of retro


Since becoming home owners at the end of last year we’ve been all consumed by doing up the house. My phone has been taken over by renovation Instagram accounts, home decor on Pinterest, Checkatrade and of homeware websites (keep scrolling for a list of these).

To get the house we wanted we had to move out of the ‘nam. Which was the first compromise, the second was buying a house where I’d want to decorate every room - which at first seemed daunting but then I remembered I was an absolute PRO at The Sims. How hard could it be? Thanks to Google (and our parents), we have learnt to skim/strip/prime/paint/repoint - along with getting a few tradesmen in to sort out the old school ceilings and fireplaces.

I never thought we’d be keen DIY-ers, but it’s been the opposite. Have loved doing it together (*vom emoji*), from spending 3 days of the xmas hols painting an entire hallway to the creative bit of deciding which lampshade to get (why is a good lampshade so hard to find…).

Here are a few pictures of the finished results (‘before’ pics at the end). Along with some of my favourite Instagram accounts and the sites I usually trawl to buy stuff without having to pillage the money tree too often.

Honeymoonin' : 3 days in NYC


Being indecisive and somewhat unlucky when it comes to the weather - we decided to split our honeymoon into three. The final ‘honeymoon-hurrah’ was to New York for a crazy three days.

Initially we had planned to do a ‘chilled one’ in the stye of a true New Yorker, but we couldn’t resist trying to see everything. No matter how many blogs you read telling you not to, you WILL walk too much in the first day.

We stayed East Manhattan, in the Bowery area - at The Public Hotel. Unquestionably cooler than us, but surprisingly not style over substance. The beds were stylish and oh-so-comfy, the staff were helpful and friendly and (my favourite bit) they gave you a free cookie and milk before bedtime (OMFG).

Drinks at the Public Rooftop bar and The Smile bar before crashing ready for the next day.

A walk down south to see the World Trade Centre / Financial District / to view the Statue of Liberty from afar. On our walk back up we stumbled across a vintage poster shop which was a cave of beaut typography and print. Then The High Line / Chelsea Flea Market which were two of my favourite things, the high line had art and quirky sculptures along the restored railway before the perfect food pit stop at the flea market. It had a whole seafood section. Enough said…

We then headed over to Brooklyn for a cosy few drinks before watching the basketball at the Brooklyn stadium and treating ourselves to two very pricey steak sandwiches (ordered them before I really looked at the price). We walked back over the Brooklyn Bridge for a stunning nighttime view of Manhattan…

A slight disagreement about where to eat breakfast (Clinton Bakery Co had queues out the door) but Remedy (Wes’ choice) was actually pretty low fuss and had the classic American Breakfast vibe going on. After all the walking we subway-ed it to Greenwich Village and ‘the mecca’ that is Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment. This area felt like stepping onto the set of an American TV show, especially with the FRIENDS apartment round the corner. We carried on walking up to peer inside the beaut architecture of The New York Public Library and Grand Central Station, briefly stopping for a cheap slice of NYC pizza. En-route home as it was getting dark we stopped by Times Square. Everyone says not to bother but it does make you feel as small as an ant and is worth seeing for that reason alone.

Biggest hit of the day - Central Park. I wish we’d got bikes, one thing I was glad about though, was that we’d saved this till last. A bit of calm was needed after 2 intense days. Central Park in Autumn is pretty beautiful too… after this it was a toss up between Top of the Rock and dinner. Due to fogginess we opted for an American Burger and Thanksgiving sandwich in the Meatpacking district at Bubbys High Line - this place is right to be popular, great service and the food was easy & delicious (my fave combo). A sum up of the meatpacking district during it’s transition which I quite liked… ‘You’d see a nicely dressed woman sliding around meat juice in her Jimmy Choos’.

We headed back to the hotel for a quick breather before catching a taxi back to the airport…phew! You can do a hella lot in 3 days, as long as you get the subway :-)

A starry affair, midnight blue wedding inspo


One of my favourite invitation sets for this year is the ‘Starry Night Sky’ Invite, fully inspired by the Matara Centre venue’s ‘starry dome’ and the couple’s love of the music video for ‘Tonight Tonight’ by the smashing pumpkins. I love a theme (and especially an unusual one).

The couple wanted something with an edge of vintage, incorporating stars but not too dark and wintery. We created a crisp white invitation with vintage graphics of stars, ‘gold’ edging and dark blue backs. Day stationery followed the style of these, with ‘Reserved’ table tickets, name tags for dresses/suits, menus and a welcome sign/itinerary.

Once all the items are sent to print, my input in the day is done really - so I love seeing the final photographs, and seeing how their vision all came together. Here’s a little collection from their beautiful day by the talented photographer, Howell Jones.

Honeymoonin' in Paros (a mini Mykonos)


From one blog to another, pretty Paros is easy to write about and very instagrammable (if that's not a word it should be). We discovered Paros via a brilliant travel blog The Sunday Chapter - where Paros was sold to us pretty instantly as 'Greece's best kept secret'. I'm not sure how much longer that will last - holidays to Mykonos and Santorini seem to be all over instagram at the moment, it's probably only a matter of time before the masses look for a (slightly) cheaper/quieter alternative.

We stayed at Minois Village  which felt authentic but special enough for a honeymoon. We treated ourselves to a 'poolside room' which was one of our smarter ideas because we got the most out of the room all day and they were beautifully done up. The nearest town was Pariokia which actually beat the favourite 'Naoussa' in my affections. There were lots of hidden streets and beautiful places to eat and drink (but avoid the restaurants on the seafront, one of our less smart ideas...).

There are lots of nooks and crannies to Paros - probably far too many to go into. Things I would have liked to do but ran out of time/money include hiring a car for longer and getting the little ferry to Anti Paros to explore and see the caves. If you wanted to venture even further then Santorini and Mykonos could be on your all-in-one hit list. Either way, Greece has always had a special place in my heart (mostly down to moussaka) so I can't wait to explore the other islands in the future.

Places that stole my heart in Paros,

1. Kolymbithres - 'Sci-fi' beach
The calmest, most interesting of the bunch (rocks that make it look like the set of a Sci-Fi film). I only wish we'd stayed here longer. If I was to stay in Paros again I'd try and find a location walkable to this as it's near the lovely Naoussa but quiet and beautiful. 



2. Lefkes town
Dragged here during the oh-so-hot siesta I moaned a bit, but this turned out to be the perfect place to be. The church was stunning and was outside a little cafe with homemade lemonade. Quirky little shops are scattered throughout and worth braving the inclines for.



3. Pretty Parokia town
Our nearest night and food life from Minois Village was Parokia. I loved finding little bars like the jazzy 'Pirate Bar', eyeing up the ships on the seafront and having moussaka in the cosy little outside/inside restaurant, Daphne.

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3. Our hotel, Minois Village
Stunning rooms and lovely enough food that makes it hard to venture elsewhere. We loved the sunbeds (of which there were a-plenty) but would have been nice to see what it was like in a full summer as the seaview seating and the other restaurant wasn't open in May/early June. The lovely quiet-ish Parasporos beach was within walking distance, which is always a bonus

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4. Naoussa
One of the go-to instagram-famous tourist spots in Paros, and so - worth a visit. Things I remember about this place - we had the best fish dinner, and there were some very photogenic pink spots (the first photo in this blog is from Naoussa). Oh and the ice-cream...GELATO dreams.


Old fashioned wedding inspo and the results


Inbetween my own wedding/mini-moon/honeymoon I've had the opportunity to work on some blooming LOVELY bespoke wedding stationery. I've just been too 'snowed under' to share them with you (read second to previous blog about wedding to get joke) - here are a few snapshots before they are ready to order.

The best part about bespoke invites - is learning about the bride and groom's 'theme for the day'. From starry skies (inspiration taken from their venue, The Matara, and it's star covered ceilings) to white roses against pink (bridesmaid dresses...), to a travel theme that tells the couple's story (a groom from Wales and a bride from Ploiesti). The next step is creating an invitation that fits in with everything on the big day - and can be followed on with welcome boards, menus, table names and so on. 

I need my own creative inspiration too, and apart from trusty ol' Pinterest there are random places I get this from. To get the creative motivation going I've taken a lunchtime trip to Brewery Arts in Cirencester to see their exhibition of vintage Lucienne Day prints. When a floral wedding style comes my way, a beaut bunch of reduced flowers bought from the fruit & veg shop or a browse through my vintage garden rose book will suffice. The (now sadly shut down) shop of InPrint in Stroud, was filled with large typographic prints, floral sketches and books, which gave me some old-fashioned inspo. In general, trying to resist relying on the internet is good for the soul....

Many moons ago in the seaside town of Clevedon

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One place we visited on our mini moon that I felt deserved it's own post was the seaside town of Clevedon. Walking along the pier, visiting second-hand shops and popping into the 100 year old cinema meant we felt like we were stepping back in time. 

In true blogger style I discovered Clevedon via another blogpost (ta Bath Mag) - which led us to places like 'Murrays Deli' and 'Midgley Green' along with a few others.

We started the day with a visit to the pier (something I was excited about, especially as I'd heard One Direction had also graced the wooden boardwalk). There wasn't much at the end but the view was enough and the visitor centre had some artwork for sale where we purchased a few prints/cards. Lunch at Tiffin on the pier was sumin' else...maybe slightly too early for crab salad but it was really good. Wes had 'the best fish finger sandwich' he'd ever had (and he's had a few, I also liked that it was served up in newspaper wrapping.

Shopping wise, we ventured a street further to home decor/gift shop - Midgley Green where we bought some lovely bits. Across the road Sakers Stationery was designer heaven - filled with notepads, prints and pencils.

Even as we walked into Murrays Deli for dinner (make sure you book), I was told by a customer how good it was. Mostly italian dishes on the menu, I went for lamb meatballs covered in ricotta and tomato - I wish I remembered what 'the husband' had but I only hesitated long enough to take a photo of my own. Lovely spot for dinner followed by drinks at The Limehouse.

Our crazy snowy wedding day


Like other brides and grooms, a lot of time and emotion was put into planning our big day. It's no secret that I'm a bit perfectionist/control freak/stubborn ass (just a few words thrown my way), so things not going to plan was just not an option.

However, when the beast from the east reared it's head at our high up, snow-worthy venue on the day of our wedding I realised I'd better let all that go. Whilst (oh only slightly...) stressful, the day started to come together - bridesmaids/ushers/parents fought their way through the blizzard followed closely by guests clutching their heels and wedding gear. Realising the day was actually going ahead, I tottered down the aisle feeling in awe of the Dunkirk-spirit of our guests.

Wedding folk like the photographer/florist/band/venue/cake-maker (to name a few) went the extra mile to make sure we had a good day. Choosing who you want to work on your wedding day is a funny thing, and designing wedding stationery means I've experienced the other side of it. Most of it is down to choosing a style that you love and fits into your day, whether it's dreamy natural photography or crazy OTT cakes covered in chocolate and gold (!). 

Natasha from Honeydew moments captured some amazing stuff - click here to see the full shebang or scroll down to see a snippet from our crazy day where I got to marry my amazing fella, all coming together with the help of our bridal party/guests and these guys...

Venue: The Old Lodge, Minchinhampton

Photographer: Honeydew Moments

Florist: Flower Style Co

Dress: Grand Jour

Bridesmaids Dresses: H&M

Shoes: Benjamin Adams

Table plan: Dinky Ink Calligraphy

Suits: Slaters

Rings: Stow Jewellers

Wedding Stationery: The Ink Closet (Me!)

Cake: Ahh Toots

Music: John Adams

A house full of foliage & flora


The Bray wedding (more on this another time) has distracted me from writing about jollies, lots (and lots) of eating and in particular, new house additions. 

In the lead up to spring, I have gone a bit plant crazy - constantly upping the level of greenery so that if one plant dies it needs to be replaced instantly or the house looks empty (like when you take down the Christmas tree). Finding decent foliage was a job in itself, on a mission to find 'the cheese plant I'd always wanted', I found the Waitrose garden website. Plants that you can order online. Who knew. My very reasonably sized/reasonably priced cheese plant arrived for £24.99 (blooming bargainous). I don't think you can have too many plants - especially in the office space which Wes said 'looks like a bloomin' jungle'.

Another greenery addition was a Chinese Money plant from Midgely Green in Clevedon, one of our mini-moon stops (the lovely Clevedon definitely deserves it's own blog post). The man bought a truly stunning green book by Cereal from there too, showcasing the British Isles in all their beauty. This book definitely reminded me why some of our best jollies (Scotland, Clevedon etc.) were based here.

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Festive feasts, Indian Street food and lots of cake


Working our way through Christmas meant working our way through most of the restaurants in the shire (as if roast dinners weren't enough). 

One of our catch ups took place at The Tavern, which I've wanted to revisit since they brought back their old school menu. I started with clams & samphire in cider followed by Chicken, lemon, aioli and mash potato with marrow butter (sounds pretentious but definitely worth changing your potato side to this mashy goodness). The man had a burger which he wasn't that fussed with - I think Cheltenham has become the hub of good burgers and so they had a lot to compete with (more on this later...). We finished with a 'Sticky Toffee sandwich' because I'd seen it on Instagram far too much to resist (laters wedding diet).

New Years Eve was spent bar/house hopping - with an 'Indian Street Food' dinner wedged in between. Delhi Heights is fast becoming our favourite takeaway - with amazing Bhaji scotch eggs and build 'em up Naan breads with meat/sauce/toppings.

Feeling fat yet? If you can handle another mouthful then I definitely recommend a visit to Holee Cow for the aforementioned burger. V.juicy but the sides stole the show. Mac & Cheese bites, sticky chicken wings and chunky choc milkshakes. This was just what I needed to recover from a gin-filled festive catchup, and a much better prospect than the queue/cost/lack of tables at Five Guys.

Top this off with cake in every flavour you can think of and you've got yourself one Santa belly. We took a trip to Stow to pick up our wedding rings and had a cake break at The Hive - where we had Rose & pistachio cake and Chocolate & avocado (wtf). 

Now January is here I shall be shutting my gob/wallet and shaping up for the big day...

Escaping the Christmas crazy in Bath book shops


We made a crazy call this Christmas, let's go to Bath during A. The Xmas market, B. Black Friday weekend and C. Bath rugby. What were we thinking? Thankfully we didn't make the error we did last year with the ol' park & ride, and got a lift in instead - being dropped off right outside Topping & Company Booksellers (one on my Christmas hit list).

This bookshop has hidden seats, a huge poetry room and cake on request. They also realise the importance of having crisp clean books - and put plastic around the top one so people with grubby fingers (moi) don't soil them.

After a brave venture towards the Xmas market (less said about this the better) we went to Mr B's Emporium for another break away from the crowds. After walking past books in a bath (?) we ventured upstairs past a wall of Tin-Tin to a quiet 'reading' room and some beautiful designer books. They also had a collection of board games to buy, perfect for keeping the fam happy this Christmas.

After an obligatory Ben's cookie (forced into my hand...) we went for food at Same Same but different for tapas. I'm not usually a fan of tapas (it takes a lot of food to fill this void) - but it was all sooo good and the atmosphere was chilled but busy.

From this weekend I took away a copy of 'Commonwealth' by Ann Patchett - if you fancy joining the 'book club' buy yourself a copy and let me know how you're getting on via comments here...

The oh-so-instagrammable Prithvi winter menu


On my way to the gym I run past the Indian restaurant, Prithvi - gazing longingly at the diners behind the blinds wishing I was doing that instead. One rainy afternoon last week I got my wish, and we sat in their beautifully decorated restaurant - drinking beaut (and I mean BEAUT) wine and sampling crisp mini poppadom appetisers as we waited for the first course.

The first course was Tandoor baked Salmon with beetroot 'ju', cucumber and mango. Light, but rich in taste it was the perfect first dish. To follow was Welsh Lamb, decorated with couscous (and a very pretty flower...), then venison with butternut squash and covered (by the man) in ginger & cinnamon sauce. The third dish was my favourite, nearly topped by the dessert - white choocolate, passion fruit cream and coriander/honey crumble...

Taking pictures of food like this is easily done, and it wasn't style over substance either. A great way to work your way into the winter season (also by forgoing the gym and having lots of food instead)...

Chocolate box Rye & apocolyptic Dungeness


Thanks to Instagram (and the people behind the pictures) we discovered the chocolate box town of Rye and the weird derelict beach land of Dungeness - we ate 'the best meal of our lives' (Landsgate Bistro) and were inspired to take pictures of doors and random shopfronts (those last two were mostly me).

Our weekend away started with finding our Rye-based Airbnb, a cosy one-up one-down with copper decor and a funky bedspread. We dumped our stuff and made the most of the late afternoon by stopping at the White House for a quick sausage roll & vino (the perfect combo). Feeling the effects, we walked around the streets admiring the tiny houses and 'Tiny Bookshop'.

Dinner that night was spent at The Landsgate Bistro, a few doors down from our airbnb and they squeezed us in last minute. We were glad they did, what-a-feast. I had scallop in ravioli starter (not the prettiest but DELICIOUS) whilst the man had pigeon breast lightly dusted in bread crumbs. For main I had venison on lentils and CHEESE gnocchi, very yum whilst Wes had pork belly with a side of potato cake (just the right amount of carbs).

Sunday was spent visiting what was originally 'the main attraction' of the weekend - the derelict but charming Dungeness. Next to an old power station, this stretch of shipwrecked covered beach is also filled with chalets that look like they belong in Scotland or parts of America. I think this is prime location for artists to end their days, you'd walk along to find mini galleries in sheds and sculptures in gardens. 

All in all, a very instagram-worthy location.

Cheltenham bake-off cakes & floral finds


Living walking distance from local goodies makes treating myself at weekends all the more tempting. I've also discovered that my local Flower Man (actually called 'The Flower Man') sells country-inspired beauties like hydrangeas and delphiniums - miles away from your standard squished petrol station carnation. One (or two) of these at the weekend make the house look good for well over a week, and inspires me to keep the place tidy (ish).

In the spirit of keeping tidy - we decided the time had come to get rid of our mis-matched plates, when we moved in together a couple of years ago we amalgamated a bit of a weird collection. After some research and debating ('no I don't want plates with dachshunds on', 'how much?!') we settled on some black and white ones from - this site is pretty reasonable for good quality decor when you compare with the high street.

Another local treat includes some chocolate swiss rolls (that were actually inspired by a technical challenge on bake-off) and blonde brownie from my old haunt, Brew & Bake. Getting my full gran on, I also went to the charity bookshop for a Cath Kidston covered edition of 'The Provincial Lady'.

So so old, and florally bold.

Creative cakes and street art in Bristol


Yes public transport is good, let's all use it etc. etc. This isn't one of those kind of posts, I will however, travel via train for good cake (and art).

Me and my fellow train buddy headed to Bristol with the aim of satisfying our craving for shopping, good food and gin (in that order). On arriving we decided to head straight for the cake, and not any ol' cake but at the bakery that shall be tasked with creating my wedding cake. Therefore, a tasting was 'needed'. Ahh Toots not only creates quirky looking cakes but also quirky flavours like lemon and courgette (actually delicious). On our way there we got a little lost and ended up stumbling around St Nicholas Market which was a great find, full of vinyl shops and street food stalls. Only wish we'd gone full force on our lunch here - but we were saving ourselves for something special later...

After a Zara stop in cabot (not quite so photogenic) we headed towards 'dinner'. A restaurant I'd seen on Instagram called 'Le Poivrot' which provides copious amounts of wine, cheese and posh food. En-route, just past the Christmas Steps, we found shops with beautiful prints and a candle that smelled like a hot man (Oakwood & Tobacco) at Dig Haushizzle.

Dinner was pretty on the mark - the menu is pretty small but what they do, they do good. I went for wood pigeon, and Nic went for Steak Tartare. All topped up with a big cheese board and bottle of red. On our way back we stopped at The Glass Restaurant for a (probably not needed) gin.

At risk of becoming a regular, me and the man visited Bristol only a few weekends before to see Upfest in Bedminster. A graffiti festival which covers every street corner, park and stadium (!). Lots of inspirational stuff...

Happy high up on the hill & below

A break was needed to enjoy the glorious weather we're having... (!), so we went to stay at Bruton in Somerset. Keen to relive my gypsy dream every year, we stayed in a twee converted railway carriage called 'Happy on the hill'. Overlooking fields, this was the perfect snug spot for Lola to have her own mini break running through the grass (this holiday was really all about her...). Some of the best bits included a log fire, local breakfast supplied by the host, outdoor seating that was sheltered from the rain (perfect book reading spot) and... (my personal favourite) a pink roll top bath *hands in the air emoji*.

Our host left us a map to walk into Bruton so we decided to brave the rain (minus google maps). Bruton is pretty sweet, though silent on a Sunday. Apart from the lovely 'At the Chapel', where we treated ourselves to a feast. All bloomin' lovely and in a very photogenic spot. 

A similarly lovely food-walk experience nearer to home can be had with breakfast at The Lavender Bakehouse followed by a dog walk through Chalford - and a mini shop pit-stop at Jolly Nice where more beautiful book covers can be found.

Post-wedding planning Cheltenham treats & eats

I'm aware I should be sharing my wedding-planning breakdown here, but I have to say it's going swimmingly (queue disastrous event/supplier dropout). Early on I discovered the Bridebook app, which helps keep tabs on your guestlist/spending/suppliers - very useful. The geek in me hasn't been able to avoid creating a 'spending spreadsheet' though. Weddings require a hella lot of planning, starting with the invites...thankfully I happen to know a very good wedding stationery designer which helps (read: shameless plug).

Safe in the knowledge that wedding plans are under control, I've been sampling more Cheltenham delights. We started on a trip to the food festival, with it's pricey entrance fee, and massive queues - we made the smart decision to eat elsewhere - venturing to Grid Iron which is always good and probably a little bit underrated. The future bride in me went for the 'healthier' chicken burger (but couldn't say no to onion rings), whilst Wes had a massive American burger. Another gluttonous trip was to an oldy-but-a-goody - The Boston Tea Party for baked cheesecake (no self control when it comes to cake), before some more gluttonous behaviour in the form of purchasing Peonies (my favourites). 

A more successful event for us was 'Montpellier Day', in, you've guessed it...Montpellier. Full of classic cars, food/craft stalls and even a fortune teller (!). With it's beautiful parks and Cotswold bunting decorating the streets, good ol' Cirencester is also worth a visit when the sun is out....

Our haggis, highland, magic-filled road trip around Scotland


Aware that I've become one of those annoying 'travellers' who share every feast and sunny view whilst my chums are slaving away at work, I won't go on too long about my AWESOME TRIP TO SCOTLAND!

The best thing is that you can be sure to tick a good few things off 'the bucket list' by doing this road trip. From eating fresh oysters by the sea, to staying in a cosy bothy with a log fire - (at the risk of sounding cheesy...) there's an experience to be had at every corner.

On our 10 day trip we stayed at the following spots,

  1. Yorkshire Dales
    Stopping at Janet's Foss and the mountain that was inspiration for Helm's Deep from Lord of the Rings, finishing our day at a classic Yorkshire pub.
  2. Edinburgh
    Given a handy guide by our airbnb hosts we worked our way tirelessly through the best spots. Making sure we visited the Greyfriars dog (Lola!), huge museum, castle and...Mary's Milk bar (you know it must be good when there's a queue outside the door). 
  3. Caledonian Canel (at the bottom of Loch Ness)
    Staying at a Canopy & Stars modern bothy, this spot served a huge seafood platter on the nearby Eagle Barge. With log fire and beaut decor, the bothy was one of the cosiest spots I'd laid my head.
  4. Strathpeffer (above Inverness)
    A sleepy little place with a steal of an airbnb chalet, stunning views and lots of open countryside and forest to walk at leisure.
  5. Plockton (by Isle of Skye)
    This was the perfect pit stop to visit Isle of Skye, where we visited the Talisker Whiskey Distillery, The Oyster Shed and the stunning Fairy pools (more on that later). Plockton itself had pubs brimming with atmosphere and Scottish bands, and was home to a great Fish & chip shop.
  6. Inveraray (Argyll & Bute)
    A sleepy spot but we needed a bit of luxury so this airbnb hotel room was perfect. Bathroom bigger than my house and a big Scottish breakfast in the morning. On our journey here we visited 'The Silver Sands of Morar' which is a white sand beach in Scotland (I couldn't believe it either). The Isle of Skye ferry made this journey a lot quicker too.
  7. Gourock (west of Glasgow)
    Not a huge amount around here, but we stayed in a castle with a good view of the sea! On the journey down we drove across Loch Lomond, with a memorable stop at the restaurant Venachar Lochside
  8. The Lake District
    We travelled across The Lake District, stopping at Osprey Point to Osprey. Then bumbling around Ambleside before heading to our lovely airbnb room at the back of a farmhouse. 

The Isle of Skye day was my favourite, mostly because my man popped the question at the Fairy Pools :-) Which means that not only do I have a fairy-inspired sparkler on my finger but also something to take my mind off the post holiday blues. Be prepared for (maybe just a few) wedding blogs detailing my planning turmoil...



Red doors and typographic prints galore


I've gone a bit print mad, I think it's because I've filled the house with everything else all that's left are the walls. From song sheets from Antique shops to John Lewis for cheap abstract prints (Simon C Page - Moonlight on the bedside table). Another purchase includes an Anthony Burrill print, big, typographic and mint green - which now sits at the bottom of the stairs. Wes has only slightly ruined it for me by saying it reminds him of the Justin Bieber song.

Recent jollies include a trip to Berkeley, where this is little else but a castle (which was actually closed). But we did have a nice nose around, staring at the stunning old houses and their beautifully coloured doors. I had outside-house envy.  

From Cheltenham breakfast bites to top wine spots

I've lived in Cheltenham for nearly three years now, and yet I'm still discovering places to devour breakfast and find the perfect wine (more on both of these...). This is mostly down to the fact that Cheltenham is so good at opening new bars and restaurants for the foodies to get excited about.

Somewhere I've been most excited about is Baker & Graze, partly down to seeing my chum sampling their menu every Saturday via Instagram. After one failed attempt (too busy) and another nearly failed attempt (had to sit in the window seats for a bit), Wes and I got to try their avocado and poached eggs on home-baked sourdough bread. Followed by a sourdough doughnut that the chef bought out last minute (*hands in the air emoji*). I'm also pairing my breakfast with Frankie magazine to take it to the next level.

Other new/not-so-new places include The Clarence Social where I had a ladies lunch with Nic. We felt like treating ourselves (it was a Monday) so had cocktails served in BIG glasses with lots of flora/fruit/herbs and ice followed by King Prawn lunch to soak it up. 

For dessert - I've been on the search for the perfect brownie, The Coffee Dispensary do beautiful salted caramel brownies, and Bill's do the perfect warm brownie dessert (also with Nic, on the same day we had lunch at the Clarence fatties).

From breakfast to something a little stronger - The Grape Escape is a hidden gem. Living just down the road is also a bonus, especially as they're fast becoming the latest dog-friendly spot for locals.



A wedding inspired by copper and geometric highlights

Copper, rose gold and geometric shapes are some of the style setters I can't get enough of, so I was pretty chuffed when a bride and groom asked me to design an invite using these as inspiration. I had a colour palette of pastel pinks and navy blues to work with, which made it easy to work a day and evening version in. A personalised 'emblem' sat nicely on the stickers used to seal the envelope too. 

As the invite is at an early stage of the planning - I love having the opportunity to see photos of the day and how it ties in with the early invites. Looking at some of their photos (taken by Oobaloos Photography) they did a grand job of putting it all together. From glitter dusted cakes to copper lanterns, the wedding looked beautifully on trend. To read about their day in full and see more pictures of the wedding, head over to the Whimsical Wedding blog.

This invite is now available to order on the website, should you wish to have your own copper infused, art deco inspired wedding day.